Asthma Medications – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (4 of 7)
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


>>THERE ARE TWO TYPES
OF ASTHMA MEDICINES– QUICK-RELIEF AND
CONTROLLER MEDICINES. QUICK-RELIEF MEDICINES,
SUCH AS ALBUTEROL, RELAX TIGHTENED MUSCLES IN
THE AIRWAYS DURING A FLARE. QUICK-RELIEF MEDICINES
SHOULD BE TAKEN ONLY AS NEEDED FOR ASTHMA SYMPTOMS. IF A CHILD NEEDS TO TAKE
QUICK-RELIEF MEDICINES REGULARLY, IT IS A SIGN THAT
THE ASTHMA IS NOT UNDER GOOD CONTROL. CONTROLLER MEDICINES,
SUCH AS INHALED STEROIDS, HELP REDUCE SWELLING,
ALSO KNOWN AS INFLAMMATION, IN THE LUNG. CONTROLLER MEDICINE SHOULD
BE TAKEN EVERY DAY TO REDUCE SYMPTOMS AND PREVENT FLARES.>>YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR
MEDICATION WHEN YOU’RE JUST HAVING SYMPTOMS, YOU KNOW. I THINK YOU WAITED
TOO LATE THEN.>>IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
TAKE THE MEDICINES EVERY DAY WHETHER THE CHILD
HAS SYMPTOMS OR NOT.>>WHEN I DON’T TAKE MY
MEDICATIONS EVERY MORNING AND EVERY NIGHT, I CAN’T
REALLY DO MY GYMNASTICS AS GOOD. I GET TIRED.>>PATIENTS SHOULD INCORPORATE
THEIR DAILY STEROID OR CONTROLLER MEDICINES INTO
THEIR DAILY LIVES JUST AS THEY BRUSH THEIR TEETH OR
CHANGE THEIR CLOTHES EVERY DAY. THAT’S THE KEY TO SUCCESS
IN USING THESE MEDICINES.>>FAMILIES NEED TO
KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT CONTROLLER MEDICINES. THESE MEDICINES ARE SAFE AND
WORK THROUGH NATURAL WAYS THAT THE BODY HEALS
SWELLING AND INFLAMMATION. THEY USE LOW DOSES DELIVERED
DIRECTLY TO THE AIRWAYS WHERE ASTHMA OCCURS. CONTROLLER MEDICINES HAVE
BEEN SHOWN TO PREVENT FLARES AND EMERGENCY VISITS AND
REDUCE SYMPTOMS FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA. IN ORDER TO WORK BEST,
CONTROLLER MEDICINES MUST BE TAKEN EVERY DAY. CHILDREN RECEIVING
CONTROLLER MEDICINES DO NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR REGULARLY TO
MAKE SURE THE DOSE AND TYPE OF CONTROLLER MEDICINE
ARE RIGHT FOR THE CHILD.


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